Diamond couple celebrate 60 married years where they wed and still worship

Diamond couple Gerald and Kath Clark have just celebrated 60 years together in the parish where they married and at the church they have attended ever since.

They married in the parish of St Cyprian's with St James's, Harehills, Leeds on April 7, 1958, and have always worshipped in its church, which opened in 1959.

And on Monday they received two special letters on the same day  – one from the Queen congratulating them on 60 years of marriage, the other telling them they’d won the Premium Bonds.

“It was only a £25 win, but it made us laugh,” said Gerald, 82.

“And it was fantastic to get the card from the Queen, with a lovely message inside it,” said the former Ambulance Service boss.

He and Kath, now 80, met when her family moved to Gerald's home town of Lancaster and she went to the church where he was an altar server.

"She looked fantastic - I've never disrobed faster in my life and dashed out to try and have a word with her in the street," Gerald recalled with a laugh.

He was 17 and she was 15 when they began dating and Gerald kept in touch when Kath and her parents moved back to Leeds.

Kath worked in secretarial jobs and Gerald ultimately joined the Ambulance Service, working his way up from a driver to being an Assistant Divisional Commander.

They have two daughters, Mandy and Rose and their family has just been joined by their first great grandchild.

"We had a fabulous Diamond Wedding celebration surrounded by family, which was wonderful," Gerald said.

The parish of St Cyprian with St James, Harehills, was formed in April, 1959, although marriages had been licensed from 1950.  A temporary church was replaced by the new brick St Cyprian with St James in 1959.


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